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I am a piano tuner, pianist, composer (film, TV, Jingles and corporative sound tracks) and a musette accordionist.  I’m also an accordion lecturer.

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This is a Classic from one of the greatest musette accordion composer. The picture is the Chateau de Chambord Castle from the loire valley france La Piémontaise – Louis Peguri – French Accordion Classics

Nick Ariondo composed his “Musette a la Russe” in 1990 in homage to the great French Musette accordionists of the early 1920s and 30s — a new form of dance music that attracted the working class in nightclubs throughout France. The accordionists who performed this music were highly skilled craftsman with specialized technique and fast finger action — joyful and energetic moods with fleeting/lilting melodies and rhythms that included various dance styles [Valse, Valse Musette, Paso-Doble, Java, Polka Musette, and more]. Musette accordion usually refers to a specific type of tuning where two unison reeds are tuned slightly apart from one another to create a vibration or chorus-like effect. This vibrant music has a sound and character that typically defines the music of Paris a la Francaise. Ariondo’s “Musette a la Russe” is musette in the Russian/French style. www.NickAriondo.com

This French musette waltz, Impasse des Vertus, was written by Tony Murena. Played here on an old Frontallini accordion totally restored and tuned by myself and I think has turned out rather well. I like the fact it has a C sharp rather than a D flat chord enabling me to pay this tune a lot more easily than on other 48 bass instruments.

La chanteuse Eva

There a moments in life that are more precious than others.

This happened to me the other day where I had the pleasure to play the song “Lili Marlene” with German singer Eva.

What an intense moment!

I could almost understand all the words even though Eva sung in German. Read the rest of this entry

The State of Digital Music in 2012

White Mountains, Arizona. Wildlife of Water Habitats Use this number guide to help identify each animal (refers to the number on the screen) 1.) Great-blue Heron 2.) Osprey 3.) Canada Geese (in flight) 4.) Double-crested Cormorant 5.) Black-crowned Night Heron 6.) Spotted Sandpiper 7.) Canada Geese (swimming) 8.) Belted Kingfisher 9.) Bald Eagle 10.) Osprey (fishing) 11.) Yellowlegs 12.) Pied-billed Grebe 13.) Bald Eagle 14.) Sandhill Crane 15.) Great-blue Heron (in flight) 16.) Killdeer 17.) Sandhill Crane (in flight) 18.) Common Loon 19.) Mallard 20.) Green-backed Heron 21.) Northern Shoveler 22.) Northern Pintail 23.) Ring-necked Duck 24.) American Widgeon 25.) Rainbow Trout

So little is known about these giant birds and their behaviour out at sea that scientists are now keen to track their arctic location. Steve Leonard puts on a wooly hat and scarf and braves Arctic winds to help tag an Albatross to discover more about this Extreme Animal. From the BBC

Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn recommends Mongolia as the kind of country where you can just turn up and be guaranteed adventure. Not a surprise when nomad culture is alive and their hero is Ghengis Khan. Produced by Lonely Planet TV

A surfer’s paradise and a beach lover’s bliss, Hawaii attracts millions of visitors a year and why wouldn’t it when even the name conjures up dreamy images of picture perfect tropical islands. Produced by Lonely Planet TV

Saba Douglas Hamilton, of Big Cat Diary fame, shows Steve Leonard the awesome power of the Namibian elephant’s memory in the hope of securing them a place in the top ten list of Extreme Animals. A hot desert is no match for the animal that never forgets, especially not essential water. From the BBC

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